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Man with Gun

9/1/2010 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man wielding a gun and possibly carrying an explosive device is holed up at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, MD -- and now he's been identified by the network as radical environmentalist -- James Jay Lee -- who has had a grudge against Discovery for years.

Discovery Channel Hostage
Lee recently published a manifesto listing his demands to the Discovery Channel ... including the immediate stop to "encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants."  Lee also lashes out about Discovery Channel programs promoting war and technology.

Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Lee was arrested during a protest in 2008 for disorderly conduct outside the Discovery Channel headquarters.

After the gunman entered the building earlier today ... an employee told a local TV station, "We heard, pop, pop, pop, pop pop."

A day care center in the building -- with 100 kids -- has been evacuated.

The SWAT team is on scene. The drama has been unfolding since around 1 PM ET.

UPDATE: Lee is reportedly demanding to speak with Discovery Channel executives.

Law enforcement officials confirm that Lee is still holding a "small number" of hostages. Officers have not confirmed the exact number of people being held.

Cops also say ... they believe Lee has a number of metallic containers strapped to himself that could be explosive devices.

UPDATE 12:30 PM PST: A source on the scene tells TMZ the SWAT team has just entered the building.

UPDATE 12:55 PM PST: The local police chief is set to address the media in the next few minutes.

UPDATE 1:03 PM PST: Cops say they have not confirmed any injuries so far.

Story developing...

Discovery Channel Hostage

155 COMMENTS

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31.

cali    

Maybe he is pissed at TLC for shoving Kate Go$$elin down out throats.

Posted at 11:12 AM on Sep 1, 2010 by FLO

"Lee -- a radical environmentalist -- has spent years protesting the network, claiming their programs cause harm to the environment."

You may be right

1421 days ago
32.

Tina    

Why does TMZ have the FOX News on there with footage? I hate FOX news. Too right wing for my taste. What is wrong with CNN, TMZ?

1421 days ago
33.

TXGURL    

haha they said he was chinese prob is jon!! But for real I hope everything goes OK and no one gets hurt!

1421 days ago
34.

La La Land    

he is asian so the bombs he has are real and you know he has a plan,,um time to freak out police, a smart asian man with weapons. My money is on the asian guy

1421 days ago
35.

sarah palin bite me    

put some rabbit ears on him, SARAH PALIN will kill him in a heartbeat.

1421 days ago
36.

MJFAN    

Why does TMZ have the FOX News on there with footage? I hate FOX news. Too right wing for my taste. What is wrong with CNN, TMZ?

Posted at 11:44 AM on Sep 1, 2010 by Tina


what does it matter if its FOX news....these are people that could be killed and ur worried about what news channel it is on....

1421 days ago
37.

Superman    

Turning to CNN, that bitch on FOX is an idiot.

1421 days ago
38.

peachyintn    

Just read his 'manafesto' they keep talking about. Dude is crazy and he just may be protesting Kate and the Duggars.

1421 days ago
39.

ralph    

TMZ is shown on FOX affiliates more than any other network.

1421 days ago
40.

mousetrap    

Why does TMZ have the FOX News on there with footage? I hate FOX news. Too right wing for my taste. What is wrong with CNN, TMZ?

Posted at 11:44 AM on Sep 1, 2010 by Tina
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Because CNN sucks donkey balls and TMZ knows it.

1421 days ago
41.

ali    

NO DON'T KILL HIM!! GIVE HIM A REALITY SHOW BECAUSE THAT'S ALL WE CARE ABOUT! BAD BEHAVIOR EQUALS REALITY SHOW.I'M SOO ****EN SICK OF IT.

1421 days ago
42.

Superman    

Protesting to peons isn't going to get anything done. The executives are probably sitting at home saying "big freaking deal".

1421 days ago
43.

gdog799    

Do these news anchors piss anyone else off?

1421 days ago
44.

Superman    

41. NO DON'T KILL HIM!! GIVE HIM A REALITY SHOW BECAUSE THAT'S ALL WE CARE ABOUT! BAD BEHAVIOR EQUALS REALITY SHOW.I'M SOO ****EN SICK OF IT.

Posted at 11:53 AM on Sep 1, 2010 by ali
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LOL! Yeah, The Discovery Channel will probably give him a reality show after this.

1421 days ago
45.

haha    

Yeah, this lady is irritating. LOOK at those CRIBS with BABIES in them!!!!

1421 days ago
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